Sportsmen, businessmen or artists, whatever their profession, some stars have been forced to put their hand in the wallet after a divorce. For Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump or even Madonna, the note was particularly salty … Zoom on the most expensive divorces of recent years.
“Love stories end badly, in general“, sang the Rita Mitsouko in the 80s. A title that resonates in the ears of several personalities who had to sign a big check after separating from their spouses. Among them, Jeff Bezos, at the head of a fortune estimated at $ 177 billion, according to a recent ranking Forbes. After 25 years of marriage, the wealthy founder of Amazon and his wife and mother of his children Mackenzie Bezos decided, in April 2019, to end their union. If the two former lovers have both found love again, he with a certain Lauren Sanchez, she with a teacher from Seattle, the divorce bill was salty. Mackenzie Bezos left Jeff Bezos 75% of the couple’s shares, and kept 25%, or 4% of all Amazon shares equivalent to the tidy sum of around $ 38 billion.
A marriage and six children later, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie separated in September 2016, in a more than tense climate. Later, the actress, who accuses her ex-companion of domestic violence, will confess in the columns of Vogue: “The last few years have been quite difficult. I focused on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back“Almost five years after their separation, the divorce between the two famous actors, who have already spent more than a million dollars each in legal costs, is far from being finalized.”I think it can become one of the costliest deals in Hollywood history. They both employ very reputable advisors, and Angelina has already hired several. Rates can range from $ 1,000 to $ 15,000 per hour and these lawyers often charge 40 or 50 hours per week.“, said specialist lawyer Kelly Chang Rickert in the columns of the Daily Mail.
“I’m letting him go, but it’s going to cost him dearly”
After 25 years of marriage, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver had also announced their separation, especially because of the adulterous relationship of the actor and politician with a domestic worker named Mildred Baena. If the rupture was recorded in 2011, the very expensive divorce will not be formalized until six years later. For his part, Donald Trump is having a good time with Melania Trump in Mar-a-Lago. The former president was married for twenty-five years to Ivana Trump, the mother of his first three children.
After their divorce on a background of infidelity, the ex-model of Czech origin cashed a big check in the amount of 7.9 million euros in compensation and 3.15 million euros in compensation for his departure from the Manhattan family triplex. “I let him go, but it’s gonna cost him dear. I said to myself: You wanted it, you’re going to have it … “, she had assured on the set of Everybody talks about it, in 2000. But one of the most expensive divorces in Hollywood history will remain that of Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore, separated in 2007 after 27 years of marriage and 7 children. After several months of proceedings, Mel Gibson had to sign his ex-wife a check for $ 400 million.
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